Jake Tapper has gotten the nod as the new anchor of “State of the Union,” announced CNN on Friday morning.
“I couldn’t be more excited about this election season and the new platform I will have at CNN to cover it,” Tapper said in a statement. “‘State Of The Union’ has a rich tradition and I hope to not only build on its history but expand the definition of what a Sunday show can be.”
The Sunday morning political program has been without a lead anchor for almost 4 months now — since the departure of Candy Crowley in December. CNN has been rotating much of its DC talent as guest anchors during the vacancy, including Jim Sciutto, Dana Bash, Jim Acosta, Gloria Borger, and Michael Smerconish (Philadelphia).
Tapper, who joined CNN from ABC in 2013 to anchor “The Lead,” is set to take over the program in June.
“I am thrilled that Jake will take on this additional role at such a pivotal time in the election cycle,” CNN Worldwide CEO Jeff Zucker said in a statement. “He has the perfect combination of skills that make him uniquely qualified — he’s a relentless reporter, a gifted storyteller, and a terrific interviewer who doesn’t stop until he gets answers. We are lucky to have him on both ‘The Lead’ and ‘State of the Union.'”
Tapper will remain the channel’s chief Washington correspondent and continue anchoring the weekday afternoon newscast “The Lead.”
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